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Automotive Service Technology

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Train for a career repairing and maintaining cars and trucks in this program that combines action-based learning on modern equipment in a shop environment, as well as automotive theory and business courses — a combination that prepares grads to move into positions such as shop foreman or service manager.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,532
Year 2: $5,532
Year 1 (International): $17,435
Year 2 (International): $17,435

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on aptitude testing.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2018 are accepted Oct. 18, 2017 until March 1, 2018.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

100 years of automotive

The School of Transportation has been part of SAIT since 1916 when it opened with its original discipline of Motor Mechanics. Our 100 years of automotive training expertise and state-of-the-art training facility, the Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre, makes us a leading provider of skilled graduates in the automotive industry.

Program Details

Program Description

This Automotive Service Technology program provides excellent preparation for an apprenticeship as an Automotive Service Technician. This is a two-year diploma. Automotive courses are provided in a combination of classroom, lab and shop environments. Students will utilize up-to-date equipment, carrying out diagnosis and repairs that meet manufacturer's specifications and customer's satisfaction. Business and communications courses will better prepare you in your career and provide opportunities to advance. The maintenance and repair requirements of the large volume vehicles in Alberta provide many employment opportunities for well trained technicians. The primary location for this program is the Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre at SAIT's main campus.

Your Career

Graduates may find work as automotive service technicians and upon successful completion of their apprenticeship can specialize in various areas such as engines, driveability, electrical, chassis systems, wheel alignment, automatic transmissions, etc. There is potential to advance to shop foreman, service managers and other management positions.

  • Graduates of the Automotive Service Technology program have a 93% employment rate

Student Success

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT's programs.

Credential

Upon successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Automotive Service Technology.

Accreditation

Most graduates continue their training and complete an apprenticeship that includes an Alberta Journeyman Certificate as an Automotive Service Technician and an Inter-provincial Standards Red Seal. Diploma graduates are eligible for 16 months of credit towards their Alberta apprenticeship contract. In addition, students may be granted trade-related work experience between the first and second year toward your apprenticeship. Students are also eligible to write apprenticeship exams upon completion of training. The pass mark for apprenticeship exams is 70%.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2018 start: applications are accepted Oct. 18, 2017 until March 1, 2018.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Math 20-3 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • A Grade 11 Science
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines. 

  • Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) must be submitted to be included in selection. 
  • Selection is done on a continuous basis beginning in December and will continue until the program is full. There will be 58 seats offered.
  • Qualified applicants will be contacted by the School of Transportation to write an aptitude test evaluating the following:
    • Mechanical Reasoning
    • English Comprehension
    • Mathematics
  • You must achieve a minimum of 70% in each of the above aptitude tests. Your scores will be ranked and admission will be offered accordingly until the program is full. 
  • All remaining applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • We encourage you to apply early as this program may fill based on the first round of aptitude testing. 

Step 4: Apply to Automotive Service Technology and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Write your aptitude test.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add transportation.info@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

Courses

Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

Semester 1
"A" Class

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ELTR-248 Electrical/Electronics I 1.5
MATH-202 Mathematics 1.5
MOTR-220 Automotive Shop I 6.0
MOTR-221 Automotive Theory IA 3.0
MOTR-222 Automotive Theory IB 3.0
Semester 1 - "A" Class - Total 15.0

 

"B" Class

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
ELTR-248 Electrical/Electronics I 1.5
MATH-202 Mathematics 1.5
MOTR-260 Automotive Shop II 6.0
MOTR-261 Automotive Theory II 3.0
Semester 1 - "B" Class - Total 15.0

 

Semester 2
"A" Class

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
APSC-250 Science for Trades and Technicians 1.5
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
ELTR-288 Electrical/Electronics II 1.5
MOTR-260 Automotive Shop II 6.0
MOTR-261 Automotive Theory II 3.0
Semester 2 - "A" Class - Total 15.0

 

"B" Class

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
APSC-250 Science for Trades and Technicians 1.5
ELTR-288 Electrical/Electronics II 1.5
MOTR-220 Automotive Shop I 6.0
MOTR-221 Automotive Theory IA 3.0
MOTR-222 Automotive Theory IB 3.0
Semester 2 - "B" Class - Total 15.0

 

Second Year
Second year students in group "C" Class follow "A" Class.

Semester 3
"A" Class

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MNGT-202 Business Fundamentals 3.0
MOTR-303 Climate Control 1.5
MOTR-320 Automotive Shop III 6.0
MOTR-321 Automotive Theory III 3.0
MOTR-370 Vehicle Modifications 1.5
Semester 3 - "A" Class - Total 15.0

 

"B" Class

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MNGT-202 Business Fundamentals 3.0
ELTR-348 Electrical/Electronics IV 1.5
MOTR-360 Automotive Shop IV 6.0
MOTR-361 Automotive Theory IV 3.0
MOTR-370 Vehicle Modifications 1.5
Semester 3 - "B" Class - Total 15.0

 

Semester 4
"A" Class

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ELTR-328 Electrical/Electronics III 1.5
ELTR-348 Electrical/Electronics IV 1.5
MOTR-360 Automotive Shop IV 6.0
MOTR-361 Automotive Theory IV 3.0
PROJ-348 Automotive Service Technology Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 - "A" Class - Total 15.0

 

"B" Class

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ELTR-328 Electrical/Electronics III 1.5
MOTR-303 Climate Control 1.5
MOTR-320 Automotive Shop III 6.0
MOTR-321 Automotive Theory III 3.0
PROJ-348 Automotice Service Technology Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 - "B" Class - Total 15.0
Program Total "A" Class
60.0
Program Total "B" Class
60.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $4,569 $440 $523 $5,532
2 $4,569 $440 $523 $5,532

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $16,472 $440 $523 $17,435
2 $16,472 $440 $523 $17,435

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $450 per year.  
  • The required tools will cost approximately $2,000 - $5,000 (depending on the quality and brand of tools chosen) for the first year and $250 for the second year.
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) laptop will cost approximately $600 - $800.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Transportation
403.284.8471
transportation.info@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

With hours of hands-on training under his belt, Jared feels more prepared to work than he ever has been.

Right after his first year, Nicholas already had a job in the field - something he attributes completely to SAIT's reputation.

Jared Rybachuk
Automotive Service Technology | 2016

“I loved the program. It gave me hands-on experience and hours toward my apprenticeship.”

Nicholas Barley
Automotive Service Technology | 2017

"This program got me the job," he says. "Automotive Service Technology has a reputation of being the best program; it brings out strong students."